Here are some things to know when you're taking losartan. Other things may be important as well, so ask your healthcare provider what you should know about.
Losartan interacts with some medications, herbal supplements and rongoā Māori, so check with your doctor or pharmacist before starting losartan and before starting any new products.
Be careful when taking pain relief medicines
Check with your healthcare provider before taking anti-inflammatory pain relief medication such as ibuprofen, while you are taking losartan. This combination can be very harmful to your kidneys and can cause acute kidney injury. You have a higher risk of harming your kidneys if you are taking diuretics (water pills), if you are elderly or if you are dehydrated. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for a safer pain relief options. Read more about NSAIDs and protecting your kidneys.
|Examples of NSAIDs
- Ibuprofen (Ibugesic, I-Profen, Nurofen)
- Diclofenac (Voltaren)
- Naproxen (Noflam, Naprosyn)
- Mefenamic acid (Ponstan)
- Celecoxib (Celebrex)
Have a sick day plan
If you have diarrhoea and/or vomiting from a stomach bug, or have dehydration from other causes, it’s important to let your doctor know. They may advise you to stop taking losartan for a few days and restart when you feel better. The reason for this is that this medicine can increase the level of potassium salts in your blood, particularly if you are dehydrated.
Pregnant or planning a pregnancy
Do not take losartan if you are pregnant, or if there is a chance you could become pregnant. Losartan can cause birth defects and is harmful to unborn babies. Talk to your healthcare provider about alternative blood pressure medicines.